Governments love imposing laws that curtail the freedoms and liberties of their subjects. It’s just their nature and they can’t help it. While some laws make more sense than others and are necessary for the safety of the populace, other laws make you wonder what they were thinking.
Here is a list of the top 10 most ridiculous laws in the United States:
1) In Indiana, it is illegal to go to a public event or use public transit if you have eaten garlic or onions in the past 4 hours.
I get it; garlic and onions smell bad, but is it really necessary for the state of Indiana to ban people from public places because they just ate them? Imagine being the one who wasted their time drafting the legislation to ban garlic breath.
2) In California, it is illegal to eat a frog that dies during a frog-jumping contest.
This law is so ridiculously random and strange, even for the state of California, that it makes you wonder if California had a bad string of people getting sick eating frogs after a frog-jumping contest— whatever that is.
3) In Alabama, it is illegal to play dominoes on a Sunday.
I assume the origins of this law are religious in nature. However, while Sunday is a Holy Day of rest, it seems to be overkill to ban the playing of dominoes as a result.
4) In Illinois, it is legally required for reptile vendors to inform potential buyers not to kiss reptiles.
Apparently enough people in Illinois must have kissed their pet reptiles and got bitten or sick that Illinois felt it necessary to make this law. One would think that it would just be common sense not to kiss a snake, but that is apparently asking too much of people.
5) In North Carolina, it is illegal for bingo games to last more than 5 hours. My guess is that old people were playing some really long bingo games and got exhausted. Even so, this is an incredibly strange and random law.
6) In Texas, it is illegal to sell one’s eye.
I understand that a state would find selling someone’s eye immoral, but who would sell their eye? Why did Texas feel the need to specifically make this illegal? Who would buy an eye? Did someone actually do it? Many questions arise from supposed necessity of this law.
7) In Carmel, California, it is illegal to wear high heels without a permit. The rationale apparently for this law is the city wanted to protect itself from liability in case a woman fell and injured herself because she was wearing high heels.
8) In Utah, it is illegal to hurl a missile at a bus.
Obviously, it should be illegal to throw a missile at a bus but the fact that Utah actually has a law that specifically bans this activity is quite humorous.
9) In Boston, Massachusetts, it is illegal to play the fiddle.
I have no idea what the possible rational for this law is. Maybe noise complaints? No matter what this is a ridiculously weird law that impedes on the freedom of the people of Boston.
10) In Massachusetts, it is illegal to take a Lion to the movies.
Darn, I really wanted to see Avengers with my pet lion!
In all seriousness, this list could have gone on and on with asinine laws that make no sense. While we can laugh at all these strange and nonsensical laws, there is an overarching issue. Governments make too many laws and feel the need to make things illegal instead of trusting their citizens’ judgment not to do it.
A government’s first reaction to an event shouldn’t be to automatically legislate and waste resources making laws that, in hindsight, are completely ridiculous.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.